UM Carey Environment Law Program Receives $1 Million Gift
A $1 million gift to the University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law will endow two initiatives in the
law school's Environmental
Pledged by Joel Fedder, JD, '58, and his wife Ellen, the endowment will
fund the Fedder Scholars Program, which provides grants for UM Carey
law students to participate in the annual International Union for
Conservation of Nature Academy (IUCN) Colloquium. The IUCN is held in a
different country each year.
The Fedder endowment also funds the Fedder Environmental Law Lecture
and Dinner, which brings an outside scholar to the law school to
discuss prominent environmental issues. The Fedders had previously
funded both initiatives at a more modest level.
Additional funding by the Fedder endowment will support the
Environmental Law Program so it can recruit senior attorneys to
continue the important work of protecting Maryland's environment.
"This gift will have a lasting impact on the Environmental Law Program
because it will directly enhance students' academic experience and the
development of their scholarship," says UM
Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin, JD, who started his tenure
July 1. "The gift is also a shining example of the tremendous
dedication and generosity of UM Carey Law's alumni community. Joel's
leadership is inspiring and makes me proud to now be part of this
"The Fedder gift will be immensely valuable to our students, our
clinic, and our Environmental Law Program's growing global reputation,"
Percival, JD, MA, the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and
director of the Environmental Law Program. "It will enable our students
to present their research at international environmental conferences."
In 2013, five UM Carey Law students presented papers during the IUCN
Colloquium in New Zealand. This year, six students from the school
traveled to the colloquium in Spain to present papers on topics ranging
from nuclear waste to environmental concerns over drinking water.
Fedder, a member of the law
school's Board of Visitors, says he was inspired to contribute to
the Environmental Law Program after a trip to the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He cites the "joy" of developing young
attorneys and the satisfaction of making a difference in the career
paths of UM Carey Law students.
"Traveling to New Zealand to present my research to an international
audience was humbling and inspiring, especially after having only just
finished my first year of law school," says Hilary Jacobs, a UM Carey
Law third-year student. "The experience gave meaning and context to the
research I had conducted for a class, which deepened my learning
experience and has since helped me frame subsequent research papers."
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